“The Vampire Diaries” cast flew to San Diego from Atlanta for Comic-Con once again. After signing autographs for fans and hitting the press line, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice Accola, Joseph Morgan, and E.P.s Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson faced the crowd to talk Season 3.
The panel opened with a sizzle reel that highlighted some of the best moments from previous seasons… and one hot moment from the Season 3 premiere. We weren’t allowed to record the video clips, so we’ll do our best to describe it in great detail here. Elena is walking through the Salvatore mansion, putting her hair up, and getting ready to go out when Damon steps out of his bedroom, soaking wet, covered in soap suds, and completely naked. There was definitely some dialogue in here, but we were too distracted to notice… as was Elena.
As long as it’s not a dream sequence (we’ve been fooled before!) we’re thinking that the summer without Stefan may have increased the obvious sexual tension building between these two. Don’t expect a hookup too soon, though.
“Damon’s not too happy about the way life has worked out for him at this point,” Ian says. “He tried for two seasons to get his brother to do what he wanted him to do, to just eat and destroy things in their paths. Now he’s actually doing that with a guy Damon hates, that tried to kill him, and now he’s left there in Mystic Falls with this girl that he loves that he ultimately can’t have because she doesn’t want him and she’s his brother’s girl and he can’t do that.”
“It’s one of those reluctant hero stories,” Kevin says. “It’s his nature to kill people, but he’s got Elena standing there beside him going ‘That is not okay,’ and what he does with that will be very interesting to watch how it plays out. It explodes in his face.”
“Great,” Ian laughs.
“Katherine said at the end of the season, ‘It’s okay to love both of them.’ We’re going to see what that means,” Kevin says. “This is a story about three people, and clearly they all have feelings for each other. Brothers, friends, lovers, and we’ll just have to watch it play out. It’s going to have a lot of twists and turns. There are too many things in the way for them just to run into each others’ arms.”
Nina was asked whether she’d choose Damon or Stefan, but she artfully dodged the decision — for good reason. “Half of this room will get so mad at me if I say one, and the other half will say the other,” she says.
“It’s obvious,” Paul interrupts. “He’s got bubbles, he’s naked, he’s all soapy… I’d pick Damon.”
Meanwhile, Stefan has been enjoying his ripper road trip with Klaus. “For me, it’s really exciting,” Paul says. “As an actor you want to try new things and for me I get to go somewhere [new]. Stefan’s so noble, he’s so heroic, and that’s beautiful, but… we’re going into our third season and he’s got to be multi-dimensional. I think the whole ripper Stefan thing is really fascinating.”
As for Caroline, we’re all wondering what’s next for her and Tyler. (“Puppies!” was Ian’s suggestion. “Little vampire puppies.”) Candice avoided the question a bit — no spoilers! — but she was pretty vocal when Matt was brought up. “Matt dumped Caroline! What are you guys talking about? He dumped her!”
One of our favorite moments from the panel was when a fan asked the cast if it was strange to work with Nina as Katherine and as Elena. “Usually the wardrobe will give it away,” Paul joked. “She’s in a little sweatshirt, and then she comes out in like, stilettos and black leather and a whip. I’m not using my imagination that hard. She’s in a friggin’ leather one-piece.”
What are you hoping to see play out between the various love triangles this season? Tune in Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.!